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Complementary Fitness 3 April newsletter

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter & updates:

I know it’s the first week of the Easter school holidays so I just wanted to let you know that ALL CLASSES ARE ON THIS WEEK & NEXT.

We’ve got 4 full weeks of classes this month so more opportunities to get ourselves fit, improve our strength (incl core and overall strength), our posture, balance and flexibility.


Forward planning/notice re classes in May:

We’ve got our usual 7.30pm fitness Pilates class on Tuesday 2 May and I hope that even if you normally come to another class (ie Wed or Fri morning or our Thursday evening class) that you’ll all try to come to the class on Tue 2 May in Craiglockhart Church Hall.


Why?  Well I’m taking a break and our classes resume from Tue 16 May onwards again.

So, no class dates are: 3, 4 & 5 May and all of the following week ie 9, 10, 11 & 12 May.

So that’s why I’ll not see you for almost 2 weeks and again, I’d appreciate if you can come to our 7.30pm class on Tue 2 May instead.

After that, as I say, classes return from Tue 16 May onwards as normal.


I came across this easy natural ‘recipe’ for cleaning our yoga mats and thought I’d give it a try and wanted to share it with you:


If like me, you’re using your mat regularly then it’s a good idea to give it a clean every week or so to keep it fresh.

Personally, I like to use natural ingredients rather than toxin filled anti-bacterial cleaner!

We do absorb toxins through our skin and while doing yoga, we naturally touch the mat with many parts of our bodies so it’s important to be mindful of the products that we expose our skin to.


So, its a very simple recipe using things you’ll probably already have and you can make as much or as little as you need.


Recipe: Use the ratio 1 part witch hazel or vinegar to 3 parts water and adjust amounts to fit your bottle. The recipe below makes 1 cup or around 230ml.


  • 1/4 cup witch hazel or vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water, preferably filtered
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil- great for anti bacterial properties


Note: you can use any essential oils you like, the combo above are fresh scents but if you prefer woody or herbal smells, simply adjust to suit your preferences.  You can also add more or less oils depending on how scented you’d like it to be.



  1. Simply add all the ingredients to a spray bottle, preferably glass, give its shake and its good to go!
  2. To use, spray liberally all over your mat, leave for a few minutes then wipe it off with a clean cloth.
  3. That’s it- you’re mat is clean, fresh and ready for your next fitness Pilates or yoga session.


Woo hoo, Spring is now here and lighter nights and I hope that you’ll continue to join us/join in and be part of our classes for social connection, to keep fit and stay active, flexible and strong.


You’ll probably know that last week, I had ‘an issue’ with my Sum Up card reader (again!).

I was online with Sum Up and on Chat with them and they said they’d look into my issue and email and get back to me with help.  I’m still waiting but they did say that I could download a QR code for class payments which I did.


So I printed off the QR code for a single class (at £6) and another one for 2 classes (£12).

No problem but you’d need to bring your phone with you to class.

So with your phone, you’d go to your camera and pick up / click on the Sum Up link (from the printed QR code that I have) and it’ll show you the price of the class/es.


Then, you click ‘Pay online securely’ and click ‘Continue’.  No problem.

Next step: probably easier if you’ve got Apple pay set up and continue that way OR

With your credit/debit card, you’d need to still enter

  • Your name on the card
  • Your card number
  • Expiry date
  • Security 3 digit code


Then click Pay £6 (or £12 if 2 classes).  Phew.  Done.



You can also ‘Pay with the app’ but you’d need to download the Sum Up app in advance.


So you can see that when my card reader is working, it’s great but for some reason (?), sometimes, it’s not and it causes an issue and stress for me.  Sometimes it might be coz it needs an update but then again, I always click on Updates.

Must be a Bluetooth connection?? Hmm who knows?  I hate when ‘things’ don’t go to plan.


It may be best either paying cash or to save time, pay directly into my account for classes.


So, easiest and best way that you can pay for classes:

  • With cash ie £6 per class (always best and I have change)
  • Directly into my bank account (if you don’t have my details, email me and I can give you my sort code & business account number).
  • Alternatively, using my SumUp card machine.


Remember to let me know if you have any comments, news and keep me updated with anything that’s happening with you ie health-related stuff, goals, achievements etc.


I look forward to seeing you this week and enjoy your Easter weekend.


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